Citizens and the State in "The Peach Blossom Fan"
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The paper relates that the legendary play "The Peach Blossom Fan", created during the early Qing Dynasty by Kong Shangren, has kept its integrity over three hundred years because of the quality of the material. The paper then examines the relationships between the citizen and the society or state in the play and looks at how the citizens respond to the new state leader.
From the Paper:"What are some of the relationships between the citizen and the society (or the state), in this play? There are many examples of the relationships between individual citizens and the society (the state) in this play. In Scene 1, page 7, Ch'en sings that the royal authority is being tested in Nanking; indeed, there is war and battle and the drumbeats can be heard. It is so intense that citizens are afraid to cross the river albeit it is flowing so peacefully and entices people as it winds through the groves of the willows and the orchards. Wu explains that the government's battles with the bandits are not going well (the dynasty is in trouble) and this has a profound effect on the citizens. The future of those living in central China is unclear because those citizens are vulnerable. The point here is while the state battles the interlopers, the citizens are affected, as they are in any war zone situation.
"On Scene 3, "The Disrupted Ceremonies" Juan attends a sacrifice in the Temple of Confucius, but the social set (the society called the Revival Club) pounces on him, led by Wu, who asserts that Juan's guilt as a traitor is well known and that Juan has no right to be in the temple."
Sample of Sources Used:
- Kong, Shangren. The Peach Blossom Fan. Berkeley, CA: University of California Press, 1976.
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